As residents continue their journey home back to Hay River, NWT Fire crews continue to face dangers as a result of reckless driving.
According to fire division supervisors, reckless driving around Lagoon Road and surrounding area has increased as residents return home.
The NWT RCMP has remained on active patrol near the affected areas and RCMP Media Relations Officer Matt Halstead reported nearly 20 speeding tickets issued in the South Slave last weekend.
“Enforcement is one piece, but I would urge people to take personal responsibility,” NWT Wildfire Information Officer Mike Westwick tells MyTrueNorthNow.
“You shouldn’t have to be pulled over by a cop and handed a ticket to consider the human life along the highway,” he adds.
As a result of the increased traffic near Hay River, NWT Fire is asking residents to drive slower than normal, and give firefighters and their equipment space to complete their work in the community.